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  • ABC News President Ben Sherwood made the following announcement today about Matthew Dowd and Jim Avila taking on broader roles at ABC News:

    I am pleased to share some news about our colleagues Matthew Dowd and Jim Avila.

    As you know, Matthew is an integral member of our powerhouse political team. Again and again during the 2012 election cycle, his smart, independent and penetrating analysis proved invaluable for our audience on all platforms.

    I'm delighted that Matthew is taking on a broader role at ABC News as an analyst and special correspondent on-air and across all platforms as well as a senior strategic advisor on my team behind the scenes.

    In his special correspondent role, Matthew will go beyond political news to explore uniquely American cultural, economic and spiritual trends. His common sense take on the American experience will be featured on "Good Morning America," "World News," "Nightline" and special editions of "This Week."

    And

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  • 5-Year-Old Boy Gets 'Robohand'

    A 3-D printed prosthetic hand has changed the life of a 5-year-old South African boy who was born without fingers on his right hand, and may be a model for people seeking a low-cost prosthesis.

    The boy, named Liam, benefited from work done by Ivan Owen, a part-time mechanical special effects artist in Washington. He was collaborating online with Rich Van As, a woodworker from South Africa, who lost four fingers in a workshop accident. Liam's mother came across their blog posts about the "robohand" they were developing.

    "I had never connected the dots between what I was doing and that it had a practical application," Owen told ABCNews.com.

    The men decided to make Liam his own "robohand" and the result has been life-changing. He can now throw a basketball, push a shopping cart and even pick up a coin using his prosthetic hand.

    The hand is powered by cables and return bungees. The fingers and wrist hinge were made using a 3-D printer - a

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  • Attendant Fired for Middle Finger Pic

    A Russian flight attendant who may have posted a photo of herself giving the middle finger to a plane full of passengers has been canned by her employer.

    The photo, which made its way to Twitter after being posted on the Russian social networking site Vkontakte, has gone viral.

    But the flight attendant, Tatiana Kozlenko, denied her presence in the photo, writing on the social site that the finger in question was not hers, nor did the plane belong to her employer, Russian airline Aeroflot. She wrote on her Vkontakte page, "I don't consider myself guilty! The photo was added to my page, I only tagged myself on it!!! The hand isn't mine, the plane is not my company's!!! I don't understand what they spoil my life for!!! I'm asking you for help and support!!"

    But Aeroflot sees the situation a bit differently. On the airline's Twitter page, the company justified Kozlenko's firing in a series of tweets. The airline said that Kozlenko wrote a statement in

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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: CHC Group Ltd. rose 14.7 percent to $7.10. Dynegy Inc. rose 8.7 percent to $32.32. TRC Companies Inc. rose ...

  • ABC prepping series based on Richard Castle novels
    ABC prepping series based on Richard Castle novels

    Spurred by the success of its crime drama "Castle," the network is developing "Derrick Storm," a new series adapted from the books published under the Richard Castle pen name. While the crime-solving author played by Nathan Fillion is indeed a fictional character, his books actually exist in real life. A series of best-selling novels published under the Richard Castle name follows the adventures of Derrick Storm, a former CIA spy turned private investigator. ABC hopes to cash in on the popularity of its original series and of the books with a new drama on its character's character.

  • Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting
    Shi'ite militia kill dozens of Iraqi Sunnis in mosque shooting

    By Raheem Salman and Alexander Dziadosz BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad was trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni militants whose rise has alarmed Western powers. A morgue official in Diyala province north of Baghdad said 68 people had been killed in the sectarian attack staged on the Muslim day of prayer. Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war. Two influential Sunni politicians, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri, quickly suspended participation in talks with the main Shi'ite political alliance to form a new government.

  • James Foley’s Brother: The U.S. Could Have Done More for Jim
    James Foley’s Brother: The U.S. Could Have Done More for Jim

    For the first time since the Islamic militant group ISIL released the shocking video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley earlier this week, his brother and sister are speaking about their grief.

  • WTO rules against Argentina in import restrictions case

    By Stephanie Nebehay and Anna Yukhananov GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union and Japan against the South American country's licensing rules used to restrict imports. The three economic powers argued that Argentina did not automatically grant licenses to importers as required by WTO rules, allowing it to shield its vulnerable economy. The panel of three independent arbitrators found that Argentina's licensing rules violated WTO agreements, and urged the government of President Cristina Fernandez to bring them in line with international trade rules.

  • Ex-Va. Gov says he knows in heart he's innocent
    Ex-Va. Gov says he knows in heart he's innocent

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he knows in his heart he's innocent of the federal corruption charges he's facing.

  • Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation
    Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed teenager, a 25-year-old Supreme Court case became the prism through which his actions will be legally judged.

  • Kiev accuses Russia of 'direct invasion' over aid convoy
    Kiev accuses Russia of 'direct invasion' over aid convoy

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's security chief on Friday accused Russia of a "direct invasion" after Moscow sent a disputed aid convoy into the war-torn east of the country.

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